CHRONOLOGY

2018

Abe wins exceptional third three year term as LDP President to provide time to achieve Kishi Objective Two

2009

Three short term LDP PMs and a string of problems leads to General Election 2009 with a landslide to the DPJ

1993

LDP loses Lower House majority and the unwieldy 8 party Hosokawa Coalition Cabinet launched but quickly fails

1991

Kiichi Miyazawa ineffectually draws attention to the NPL problem at the LDP Karuizawa Summer Conference

 

GLOSSARY

LDP

Liberal Democratic Party jiyuminshuto jiminto

post War Establishment party and the nexus of vested interests cf jiminto, zokugiin

LDP Faction Heiseikai

Establishment Faction Yoshida School

current leader Wataru Takeshita 54 Diet members 13.3 pct 2017

LDP Faction Kinmiraikai

New Radical Faction no applicable school

current leader Nobuteru Ishihara 12 Diet members 2.9 pct 2017

LDP Faction Kochikai

Establishment Faction Yoshida School

current leader Fumio Kishida 44 Diet members 10.8 pct 2017

LDP Faction muhabatsu

no faction independents no applicable school

no leader 77 Diet members 18.9 pct 2017

LDP Faction Seiwakai

Establishment Faction Kishi School

current leader Hiroyuki Hosoda 96 Diet members 23.6 pct 2017

LDP Faction Shikokai

Outlier Faction Kishi School

current leader Taro Aso 60 Diet members 14.7 pct 2017

LDP Faction Shisuikai

Outlier Faction Kishi School

current leader Toshihiro Nikai 44 Diet members 10.8 pct 2017

LDP Faction Suigetsukai

New Radical Faction no applicable school

current leader Shigeru Ishiba 20 Diet members 4.9 pct 2017

boryu

LDP Kishi School anti mainstream conservatism

Establishment Faction Seiwakai + Outlier Faction Shikokai + Shisuikai vs shuryu

habatsu

LDP party political faction

a policy group or clique with the leader seeking the LDP Presidency

keiseikai

LDP protofaction formed by Noboru Takeshita

effective hijacking of Tanaka Faction important political event in the 1980s

Kishi School

LDP anti mainstream conservatism

aiming at the Kishi Objectives meaning rightist conservatives vs Yoshida School

shuryu

LDP Yoshida School mainstream conservatism

Establishment Factions Heiseikai + Kochikai vs boryu, Seiwakai

smoking regulation (ii)

LDP concerned about tobacco farmers and tax revenues

restricted in unenclosed spaces and a battle between MoF and MoHLW

Yoshida School

LDP mainstream conservatism

accepting the US post War settlement centrist conservatives vs Kishi School

zokugiin

LDP parasites infesting ministry budgets etc

notably active in MoAFF, METI, MoHLW, MoLIT and MoPM affairs

dokkenya

construction boys

construction interests around MoLIT + LDP derogatory cf dango, zokugiin

don

boss leader strongman

as kensetsuzoku no don the kingpin of the LDP construction vested interest

factionalism

solidarity splintering into factional groups

tendency of LDP etc splitting into habatsu vs fusion cf atomisation

izoku no kai

War Bereaved Association

pension benefits and support for the Yasukuni Shrine against votes for the LDP

jieigyosha

enterprise owner manager sole trader

benefiting from favourable tax regime concessions and voting for the LDP

jiminto

Liberal Democratic Party

LDP as has so often been said to be neither liberal nor democratic nor a party

JMA

Japan Medical Association

doctors seeking health care budget benefits against support for LDP

JSP Japan Socialist Party

founded 1945 hard left tinged nihon shakaito

Murayama LDP + JSP Coalition Cabinet strains destroyed the JSP cf SDPJ

kensetsuzoku

construction tribe

LDP members involved in construction budget issues cf three percent

koseizoku

welfare tribe

LDP members involved in health and social welfare budget issues cf JMA

norinzoku

agriculture and forestry tribe

LDP members concerned with agriculture, forestry and fisheries policies/budget

PKO

Price Keeping Operation

pressure from LDP on FILP System to support TSE share prices at one point

Rising Tide Abe Cabinet I

a rising tide lifts all boats with fiscal benefits

Hidenao Nakagawa LDP Secretary General advocated a GDP growth policy

shokozoku

commerce and industry tribe

LDP Diet members interested in commerce and industry issues cf zokugiin

tokutei yubinkyoku

privately owned post offices in the headman line

wink and nod approval of office expenses against LDP votes cf yuseizoku

yuseizoku

postal affairs tribe

LDP members involved in JP postmaster vote gathering cf tokutei yubinkyoku

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